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Usher Quotes

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Usher quotes: the singer/songwriter sounds off.

“Success is all about having the confidence to shoot for something even if it seems impossible.”

“Success is about dedication. You may not be where you want to be or do what you want to do when you’re on the journey. But you’ve got to be willing to have vision and foresight that leads you to an incredible end.”

“We all possess exactly what we need to be our greatest selves.”

“Strivers achieve what dreamers believe.”

“You either evolve or dissolve.”

“Downtime is not the name of the game.”

“Prioritize what really matters.”

“If you take no risk, you stand to gain nothing in life.”

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t make them all yourself.”

“In life, you have to go through something to get to something. From that, the inspiration comes having something of substance to talk about; otherwise you’re just considered to be fluff.”

“If somebody steps on your shoes and ruins them, don’t freak out… get a new pair of shoes. If you miss something, don’t freak out… there’s nothing you can do to change it. Just move on.”

“Just because we have success in the moment, it doesn’t mean anything.”

“It’s not a fear when the screams die down. It’s a reality. You can’t fear what you realistically know is coming. What was beautiful and credible and pristine yesterday gets aged, dirty and not as brilliant in the future. I’ve always admired or had admiration for aged things.”

“For the fan who was introduced to an artist at a very young age, there’s a fanatic essence of what that was because of who that person was, but also who that person is. And as they grow that fan will become a little bit more mature. They’ll still get excited, but they might not scream. My point is that the screams could potentially stop, but it’s up to you to determine how long the screams last.”

“I’ve been influenced in a way that makes me want to go against the grain.”

“Dare to be different. I don’t look like you, I don’t walk like you, I don’t dance like you, I don’t move like you or talk like you. That doesn’t make me odd, that makes me who I am. I want people to feel that essence of growth.”

“Inspiration coms from living through my experiences and wherever I go. Wherever you go, what you experience, what you see, what you hear, what you think, what you feel, all those things.”

Marketing is more important than it has ever been.”

“Philanthropy is the rent we pay to be on this planet.”

“I think it’s important for us to believe in one another’s capabilities. If I didn’t have someone to believe in me, I wouldn’t be the individual I am today. Neither would I strive for new territory or new direction or to believe in myself.”

“I think anybody, not just children, is a product of a great environment. If you put them in a better environment from a sad situation, nine times out of 10, they’ll go in the right direction.”

“It’s a mission for me to make sure that philanthropy doesn’t feel like a vintage hand-me-down from mom or dad. I want people to feel compelled to do something positive because they just love it, they’re excited about it, and it’s cool.”

“Giving a child an education is by far one of the most important investments we can make.”

“My philosophy is I’m raising future adults, not children.”

“Somebody has to look out for and protect our kids, and I feel blessed to be a blessing to someone else.”

“The more the youth begin to recognize that they have a voice, the more change is possible.”

“I find balance in two places, when I’m working out and with my kids. And I could be doing many things, I could be running, doing cardiovascular, all that type of stuff. I really find the balance in what I need to do or what I’m thinking about or what I need to think about in that moment when I’m on the treadmill running. The other place is within the noise of my children. When I hear them my mind is not focused on all of the things that are holding me down. When I’m with my boys it’s all about them and I just put it all together somehow. They bring me my balance.”

“’I Cry’… I wrote this song for the sons without fathers. And the pain that their mothers hold deep inside. So I’ll fight for the future we’re making. It’ll change if we face it ’cause these tears won’t dry. I wrote this song to teach my sons that it’s okay for a man to ‘feel emotions deeply and to cry.’ I was raised to keep such feelings in check but I desire to proffer a different way forward for my kids.”

“Breaking up is a natural evolution when you try to figure out what you want in life. If you’re with an individual who isn’t moving in the same direction and at the same rate that you are, it ain’t going to work.”

“How do I define who Usher is? I’m still doing it, every day, every new opportunity, every stage, every interview, every other thing that I’ve done, every time that I’ve invested in anything that is all the definition of who I am.”

“I’ll never forget having my first hit record, and I was broke as f*ck. I ain’t had no money. It felt great to land a hit from a penniless position because I had intention and I knew where I was headed.”

“This is just the beginning. I see a sea of people in an auditorium—no, a dome, full of people, as far as you can see. I see millions of albums, huge houses, much prosperity. I’m going to be one of the richest motherf*ckers in the world. I’ve always been highly favored. There is a reason I’ve been kept the way I have, to make it out of situations that men normally wouldn’t have [gotten] out of.”

“Live performance has always been my thing. It’s my purpose to master and capture the moment every time I have you connected.”

“I think that doing meaningful projects in the future as an actor is something I’m looking forward to doing. I hope to someday have a few more lifestyle branding opportunities.”

“I’m a flamboyant type of guy, a cooler version of Liberace.”

“Normally you don’t have the benefit of preparing someone to pay homage to you and what you’ve done in your life. Usually, you pass away and someone does a tribute to your character and who you were during a specific period of your life.”

“I create from a place of passion. It’s like a pregnancy, where you create from a place of passion, and then it grows, and then before you know it, you want to push that baby out.”

“Artistic development made me who I am. Somebody took the time to help me find what it is that works for me as an entertainer and who I am as a music maker.”

“I’m a sponge: the more I absorb, the more I am able to articulate my vision, as artists do, like Picasso. I’m an artist in that light. I went from being an artist to an artiste.”

“You can’t fake being a star. But you can also become a great personality.”

“I was very fortunate to be able to represent an icon to many African Americans.”

“You are my superstar. I’m your number one fan, give me your autograph, sign it right here on my heart. Girl, I’ll be your groupie, baby.”

“I guess we’re all kinda searching for a connection with something that’s relevant to our past and speaks to who we are, and maybe helps us make a connection to what we are, and where we come from.”

“In time we grow older, we grow wiser, we grow smarter, and we’re better.”

“Success is measured by personal happiness.”

“You are who you are, and in the end, if you don’t believe it then no one will.”

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